which, however, I cannot think the authors to blame, as I suppose now they have turned him out, they are willing to inquire whether they had any reason to do so.
' I shall say no more, Sir, but leave the material part of this defence to the impartiality, candour, and credit of men who are no ways dependent on him. He has already found that defence, Sir, and I hope he always will! It is to their authority I trust—and to me, it is the strongest proof of innocence, that for twenty years together, no crime could be solemnly alleged against him; and since his dismission, he has seen a majority rise up to defend his character in that very House of Commons in which a majority had overturned his power. As therefore, Sir, I must think him innocent, I stand up to protect him from injustice—had he been accused, I should not have given the House this trouble: but I think, Sir, that the precedent of what was done upon this question a few days ago, is sufficient reason, if I had no other, for me to give my negative now.'
William Pitt, some time after, in the debate, said, how very commendable it was in him to have made the above speech, which must have made an impression upon the House; but if it was becoming in him to remember that he was the child of the accused, that the House ought to remember too that they are the children of their country.—-It was a great compliment from him, and very artful too,
I forgot to tell you in my last, that one of our men-of-war, commanded by Lord Bamffe4, a Scotchman, has taken another register ship, of immense value.
You will laugh at a comical thing that happened the other day to Lord Lincoln. He sent the Duke of Richmond word that he would dine with him in the country, and
* Alexander Ogilvy(d. 1746), sixth Baron Banff. 'The "Hastings," Lord Bamff, took off the Madeiras, Jan. 7, after an engagement of two hours, a Spanish Eegister-ship of 20 guns and 105 men, besides 10 men and 1 -women passengers, and
a child, bound from Cadiz for the Havanna. As he was carrying his prize into Madeira he likewise took .on the 16th a Privateer of 14 carriage and 6 swivel guns, and 73 men.' (Gent. May., 1742, p. 218.)